DIY Teacher’s gift: Super-sized pencil

It’s that time of year when the kids say good bye to their beloved teachers for the summer. The opportunity to show appreciation for the teachers come several times a year and it can be a little difficult to decide what to give. I generally like to give personalized gifts on behalf of my children, but it often requires time to place the orders and can get expensive. Since this was a last-minute attempt, I turned to Pinterest for help. After perusing many great ideas, I came across this pencil gift. Pretty neat huh? You may remember how I felt about crafting after my last DIY post on making a running medal display rack, but I decided to give this a shot…despite my feeling 😉

internet pecil craft When I looked at the original post, however, I realized that I didn’t have nor was I willing to spend money on all the fancy-schmancy equipment needed to make this gift. I decided to attempt it anyway…spending as little money as possible and using my creativity to complete the project. Here’s what I needed:Pencil supplies22The original list also called for a Circle Cutter, Score Board or Paper Crimper and Tear Edger. None of which I have. I cut the yellow paper into 11′ wide x 10.5′ high pieces. I applied the Mod Podge with the sponge brush to the Pringle’s can only. I aligned the edge of the yellow paper under the rim of the can and wrapped it around the can.

Pencil cuttings

I then cut the pink paper 10″ wide x 1 3/4″ high to make the eraser. I also cut out  11″ wide x 1″ high gray paper for the metal band between the eraser and the pencil. Because I had neither a crimper or score board, I used my hand to make tiny fan-like folds in the gray paper, then stretched it out. Pencil crimpled paper Collage

Then I applied the Mod Podge to the back of the pink paper and wrapped it around the bottom rim of the can. I applied the Mod Podge to the back of the gray crimped paper then also wrapped it around the can slightly overlapping the pink paper.Pencil w eraserThen I cut out 9″ wide x 3/4″ yellow paper. Again, using my hand (because I didn’t have an “Edge Tear-er”), I tore the edges to give it a rough look like a pencil that has been sharpened.

Pencil torn edgeNext it was time to make the tip of the pencil. I had to really use my creativity to achieve this. I did not have a Martha Stewart Circle Cutter as used in the original post…nor a circle cutter period. I decided to improvise, adapt and overcome. I pulled out a couple of bowls from the cupboard that looked small enough. I took a tape measure and measured across the top. Wouldn’t you know, the first one measured 5 1/2’…the exact circumference needed. The other two bowls weren’t the exact same size but I used them anyway. Bowls for pencilI traced a 5 1/2″ circle on brown paper (because my pack of construction paper didn’t have tan). I used my 3″ diameter bowl to trace another circle in the middle of the 5 1/2″ brown paper. I also traced a 4″ circle on black paper. Then I cut out all of the circles.Pencil cutout Collage

Next, I pasted the black cut out onto the larger brown cut out, then cut a slit from the edge to the center. Then I made a cone shape from the cut circle, making sure that it can fit in the lid of the Pringle’s can. I pasted the cone to make sure that it kept its shape. (You can trim off any extra layer off the bottom of the cone if you choose.) Using the E6000 glue or a hot glue gun, adhere the pencil tip cone to the top of the Pringle’s lid and let dry.  Then adhere the torn edge paper to the outer lid using either the Mod Podge or glue. (I forgot to take another pic.)

Then I used 2″ and 1″ stencils that I previously had and with a permanent black marker, wrote “teacher’s name” is No.1 (Instead on the standard No. 2 pencil :) …the idea taken from the original post). So here is the final product.Final pencil container layingThen I filled them with some goodies for the teachers.Pencil container(Sorry the lighting is off. I used the flash on the 2nd pic. )

This was a fairly simple project. It took about an hour and a half to complete. It probably would’ve been less if I didn’t have the kids helping from time to time. Because my schedule is so busy, I had to sacrifice a workout and actually cooking dinner that evening to be able to pull this off in the middle of the week.

If you follow this blog, you might remember me saying that I don’t like crafting after my last craft project. Well, I realize that what I actually don’t like is the nailing and painting, but I really enjoy gluing and pasting. I’ll be posting what my kids teacher’s actually think of our little project on Facebook and twitter. So please join the conversation by liking and follow Defining Hope.

What kind of gifts do you give your children’s teacher? Do you give purchased or crafted gifts? Which would you rather receive?

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41 thoughts on “DIY Teacher’s gift: Super-sized pencil

  1. Joi

    I think you have a new love my friend! This required a lot of thought and energy creatively. You did an awesome job. They look fabulous. I’m just glad you recognize the hard work of educators. My Mother use to get the most amazing gifts for Christmas and at the End of the Year. I don’t think she ever received anything handmade. That shows genuine love for the people who are providing your children with their education.

    I’d rather receive anything with thought, preferably not gift cards but if it’s to a place that you know without a shadow of a doubt I frequent, then I consider that thoughtful.
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thanks Joi. I’ve had a few opportunities to volunteer at my daughter’s school. I think “hard work” is an understatement. this is our first hand made gift, but usually, I try to listen keenly throughout the year or ask around to make sure I get something the teacher’s really appreciate.

  2. M. Love

    How cute are those? As a teacher, I think any thought of a gift is nice — but, being an urban teacher I don’t typically get them. Thankfully I love my job that I don’t really mind it :)

      1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

        You are truly a gift to those you educate. I don’t think teachers can get enough appreciation. I guess when you love your job like you do, your reward is seeing your students succeed. It’s a great idea though, to show appreciation to the teacher’s you work with

  3. Veronica

    Hope, that is incredibly cute!!! And you were thrifty about it which means you are a girl after my own heart. I will have to save this post once my daughter reaches school age.

  4. Pam

    This is really great. I love that it is handmade, and I love the goodies inside. Stopped by from SITS.

  5. Tamara

    That is totally cute! We have about five days here to figure out gifts. It didn’t even occur to me until the last minute but I think it’s important. These teachers work so hard!
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thank you Ashley. Our class did a group gift also…a personalized throw with pictures of all the kids. Amazing gift, but I planned on doing this before the class came up with the idea…so I did it anyway…so I could blog about it. LOL

  6. Rum Punch Drunk

    Wow, what a great idea, and I’m sure you enjoyed emptying 2 cans of pringles :) in the process, ha ha ha.

    Teachers work so hard throughout the year and it must be really nice not only when they get a gift but to know that someone actually took the time out to make something from scratch. To be honest, when I was at school I didn’t do this and I don’t remember anyone else giving gifts either. Wish I did though, because there was one or two teachers who really took time out with me.
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      I don’t remember giving gifts when I was in school either, but there were definitely teachers who I wish I could go back and show appreciation to.

      btw, I actually felt wasteful about the Pringle’s because I just dumped them since not of us are pringle eaters

  7. Sue

    Stopping by from SITS sharefest. That is awesome! You did a great job, and showed you could do it with out buying all the fancy equipment. I’m sure the teaches loved it :)

    I liked your FB & followed on Twitter :)
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  8. Soccermom

    These are great. Thank you for thinking outside the box because I don’t have all those fancy tools either and you came up with a great solution. I’m going to make this for my daughters end of the year gift.

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